star wars characters

Some of the best things about the Star Wars saga are the supporting characters. From droids to Ewoks to chittering critters, these characters have made an impact on the franchise.

While these characters may not have been major players, their presence helped build the galaxy and stoke the fires of fandom. So here are our picks for the top 10 fan favorites.

Leia Organa

Leia Organa is one of the greatest leaders in the Rebel Alliance, fearless on battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. She is also a complex character.

She was raised by her adoptive parents, Bail and Breha Organa, who taught her important values and virtues about democracy, honesty, and justice. She is an extraordinary woman who is able to achieve great things by combining strength, wisdom, and shrewd insight.

Her sassiness is one of her most memorable traits. She’s able to deliver one-liners that would disarm even an Imperial officer.

Han Solo

Han Solo was a smuggler who became one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance. Initially, he was a bit of a loner but grew to appreciate the value of his work as he worked with the Rebels.

As a smuggler, Han is known for his quick feet and willingness to take risks. This quality was a major factor in a famous shooting standoff between Han and Greedo, a Rodian bounty hunter.

When Han and his crew joined the Rebel Alliance, they aimed to destroy the Empire’s new Death Star. Their plan involved destroying the Death Star’s shield generator on the forest moon of Endor.

The attack on Endor went wrong, however, and Han ended up being the main course of a banquet for the Ewoks — a primitive species who mistook him for a god. Fortunately, C-3PO and Luke managed to save the day.

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker, the farmboy-turned-Jedi hero, is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe. He started out his journey as a young boy with little experience in the world, and eventually came of age as a Jedi warrior and a Jedi Master.

He has numerous powers and abilities, and is able to control the Force with his mind. He can also control the movement of objects with his mind, such as a lightsaber, and can telekinetically throw it to cleave apart enemies.

In the Battle of Yavin, Luke used his Force skills to guide the proton torpedoes that destroyed the Death Star. He was able to do this because of his natural aptitude for the Force.

Princess Leia

Princess Leia has always been one of the most complex and layered characters in all of Star Wars. She’s a princess and a general, a lover and a warrior, and she has a deep sense of humor.

She’s also a highly perceptive person, something Obi-Wan Kenobi strongly suggests was present long before she became an adult.

In her early years, she took on the role of gathering aid for Rebel forces on behalf of her father. She would surreptitiously smuggle ships and supplies to planets throughout the galaxy, a role she eventually inherited as a leader of the Resistance.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader is the ruthless, dark Lord of the Sith who leads the Empire’s deadly campaign against the Rebel Alliance. With his light sabre, telekinetic abilities, and keen intelligence, Vader is a fearsome force in the galaxy’s skies.

Aside from being a great fighter, Darth Vader is also a skilled pilot. He’s even got his own custom Tie Fighter — not to mention that he’s a renaissance man with an appreciation for mechanical engineering and tinkering.

In fact, he’s one of the scariest villains in the Star Wars universe. Whether it’s when he tore through an entire battalion of Rebel soldiers at the end of Rogue One, or when he set a beacon aboard the Millennium Falcon in search of Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s always something more sinister under that helmet.

Emperor Palpatine

Throughout the entire Star Wars universe, Sheev Palpatine is one of the most iconic villains. He orchestrated the Clone Wars, all but exterminated the Jedi Order, and even seduced Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force.

He also built the largest Sith temple on Coruscant and created a series of facilities across the galaxy to keep his power secret. During his reign, there were less than a half-dozen individuals who knew Sheev Palpatine was also Darth Sidious.

It’s hard to know exactly how Palpatine maintained his mask power, but it seems possible that he used cloning as a way of relocating his spirit to a new body whenever his dark-side use wears out a previous one. This could also explain why he was never able to clone his own body. Maybe he was too ill or midi-chlorians prevented him from putting his consciousness into a perfect copy.

Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn is an independent, venerable Jedi Master and the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Unlike other more conservative Jedi, Qui-Gon encourages his apprentice to live in the moment and use his instincts to train.

When Qui-Gon first lands on Tatooine, he discovers a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker who is exceptionally strong in the Force. He tries to present him to the Jedi Council to begin training, but they deem him too old and dangerously full of anger and fear to train.

Despite his skepticism, Qui-Gon eventually succeeds in finding a way to train Anakin, and the two of them become very close friends. When Qui-Gon dies in the final battle of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Anakin takes his place as a Jedi and became one of the most famous Jedi in history.


C-3PO may have been a droid at first, but her powers have since proven useful in many a fight in the galaxy far, far away. Originally built by Anakin Skywalker, the gold protocol droid proudly boasts of knowing more than six million forms of communication.

In the Star Wars series, Threepio has played a crucial role in solving two intraplanetary tribal conflicts — the first when she helped solve an unrest between the Sand People and the Tuskens on Tatooine and the second, when she helped free Luke and Chewbacca from their captors on Endor.

Anthony Daniels has provided the voice for Threepio in all eleven live-action Star Wars films. He also voiced the character in The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance, along with a number of video games and specials. Now, he’s making his return to the screen with a new motion capture suit.

Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano is a Force-sensitive Togruta female who was trained as a Jedi during the Clone Wars. She was apprenticed to Anakin Skywalker, a powerful Jedi Knight with more midi-chlorians than any Force-sensitive of the era.

She was also trained in combat-oriented Force abilities, especially lightsaber duels. She is one of the most skilled lightsaber duelists in Star Wars lore.

When Order 66 was instituted, Ahsoka went into hiding. She remade her lightsabers, both of which now have blades of white. She later joined the crew of the Ghost, a 501st pirate ship, and was able to assist them in their quest for freedom from the Empire.

Count Dooku

Count Dooku is an important character in the Star Wars franchise. He is a master of the dark side and one of Darth Sidious’ most trusted henchmen.

He is a skilled fighter and excels in lightsaber combat. He also has a powerful connection to the Force.

This ability allows him to manipulate objects at a distance. He is able to send opponents flying into the air which incapacitates them temporarily or crush droids and other objects.

Count Dooku has many powers and abilities, but his mind trick is his most unique. He can control any sentient being with his mind, except those with stronger wills.